Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick

University of Waterloo

Dr. Kirkpatrick is an associate professor in the School of Public Health Sciences. She is also a registered dietitian with training in community and public health nutrition. Her research focuses on the intersections between nutrition, human and planetary health, equity, and policy, using a systems thinking lens.

Much of her work is aimed at improving methodologies for measuring dietary patterns to foster robust evidence on how these patterns influence human and planetary health and how to promote healthy and sustainable eating practices. Sharon’s research also examines nutrition and dietary inequities, and she has longstanding interests in the determinants and implications of household food insecurity.

Finally, her work explores the utility of systems thinking and methods to better understand the array of factors that shape major nutrition and public health challenges and the potential intended and unintended consequences of policies and other interventions to address these challenges.

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